Barn door baby gate

Baby Caroline started crawling a couple of months ago--much earlier than I expected her to.  It's so funny--with my first baby, I couldn't wait for him to crawl and walk, but by now I realize that mobility comes at a price.  :)  We have stairs in our house, right in the kitchen area, and where we spend the majority of our time.  At the bottom of the stairs is tile, and if she fell, it would really not be good.  I want her to learn how to do stairs--I think it's important-but only if I'm right behind her to catch her.  So...it was time for a baby gate, and what could be cuter than one made from a barn door?

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{using a curtain rod to hang a bunting}

I love curtain rods. They are good for so many things in addition to actually hanging curtains! I use them along with curtain ring clips for all of kids' artwork in our reading room, I use one to hang Christmas stockings on the mantel, and I use them in my decor. It's the perfect and simple solution to hanging a bunting...just about anywhere! In the nursery, and in my girls' room, it looks adorable and is a darling focal point of the entire room. {LOVE}

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{a chalk paint review: kitchen stools makeover

Even though it's been around for a long time, chalk paint has especially been a trend for the past couple of years, and has been gaining in popularity around the blogosphere. As someone who paints a lot of furniture, I'd wanted to try it for a long time, but really wanted to wait for the perfect project to come along first. Finally, I found THE project.  Eight kitchen stools that belonged to our old dining table--the one before the lovely farmhouse table we use now--that I really wanted to use around our big island were just begging to be refinished.  Six of them would fit...perfect for our kids!

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{photo gallery tips + a GIVEAWAY from cut it out frames}

I'm so excited that this day is finally here! I've had this whole project in the making for awhile, and this week it all came together and I LOVE it!  We got rid of our old bookcases before we moved here last year, and our books have been in storage ever since. We've had bookcases on our "build" list forever, and it was finally time for them to be top on the list!  I wanted them to only go about 1/2 to 2/3 up the wall, so I could have a photo gallery above them.  Needless to say, when Cut it Out Frames  sent me some darling frames to try, I was thrilled--they were absolutely PERFECT for my photo gallery. I have loved their frames forever, and always knew I wanted them in my home.
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Striped growth chart

I have been wanting to make a growth chart FOREVER. Don't ask me why I haven't done it before now, but school is now in session, and fall is most definitely painting season! I love stripes, and I thought it would be a really fun way to divide the board into sections. I used our playroom colors, and I LOVE LOVE how it turned out!
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Easy DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

I adore mason jar lanterns, and I love using the hanging lanterns that I made.  I like to use them for table decorations in addition to hanging them, but with so many littles at home, I needed something that wasn't a fire hazard--no lit candles!  So...I made these incredibly simple lanterns that uses battery operated candles, and they are SO cute!!  I'm going to be lining my tables with them this summer!!
 

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Striped Canvas Art

My four littles share a bathroom, and until this week, and other than a shower curtain and hooks for towels, it has been completely bare. I made a super cute piece of striped canvas art to hang on the wall, and I LOVE it.  Since boys and girls are sharing the space, I went for a yellow, white, and turquoise color palette, along with a whale theme.  I am slightly obsessed with stripes right now, and I love they look on the canvas!

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Burlap Flag Pillow

With Memorial Day the end of May, then Flag Day on June 14th, and the 4th of July,  flag & patriotic decor can be up for awhile, which I LOVE.  Independence Day has long been my favorite holiday (next to Christmas ☺), and I get so excited when I can start decorating.  I made this darling burlap flag pillow for my front entry bench, and it's perfect! 
It's really easy to make, and I used the same method as my burlap flag bunting.  Just a couple of supplies, and you'll have your own super cute burlap flag pillow!

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{simple DIY numbered labels}

I number everything.  It's true.  I do number things just to make them cute, but I also use numbers quite a bit for organizational purposes.  With six kids, numbers really come in handy, although I do feel a little like Captain Von Trapp. ☺ Each of my children have a number, and they have their own kitchen stool, coat hook, and more.  We have a front entry bench with baskets underneath it, where each child has their own basket for shoes. We used to have the whole family's shoes there, and the kids shared baskets, but they were quickly running out of room.  Now it's one child per basket, and it was time for numbered labels!

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Glitter Shamrock Sign {St. Patrick’s Day Decor}

With the current Silhouette promo going on right now, I was sent some double-sided adhesive to try. I haven't worked a lot with glitter, and I'd never used the double-side adhesive, so I was excited to use it. With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, and Valentine's Day decor coming down soon, I decided something with a shamrock would be fun.  :)

I've seen quite a few projects using the adhesive with paper, and other decor, such as candles, but since I love working with wood so much, I was curious to see how it would work.  I LOVE the end result!

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